Address Toxic Chemicals Threatening Frogs with Extinction


Target: Gina McCarthy, administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Save frogs from sickness and extinction by protecting their habitat from toxic flame retardants

Frogs around the world are threatened with potential extinction due to the pollution of their habitat with dangerous chemicals. Among the worst of these pollutants are flame retardants, which are extremely harmful to frog populations. We must take action to stop these harmful flame retardants from sending more frog species to extinction.

Since its discovery in 1993 the amphibian chytrid fungus has spread to dozens of countries, driving some 100 species of frogs to extinction. One reason that this fungus became so widespread so quickly is due to frogs’ generally weakened immune systems from exposure to flame retardants and other toxic chemicals.

Flame retardants are highly present in waterways, meaning that frogs are exposed to the chemicals from the time they are tadpoles. Exposure in their food and water continues into their adulthood. Many frogs have a slim chance of surviving the resulting weakened immune systems and lowered birth rates. These very same chemicals have also been linked to cancer in humans.

Flame retardants already present in our waterways are expected to linger for several generations. This means that if frogs are to have any real chance at survival, pollution of their environment by flame retardants needs to cease immediately. Call on environmental regulators to save frogs from extinction and stop the pollution of America’s waterways with toxic flame retardants.


Dear Ms. McCarthy,

Waterways in the United States and all around the world are highly polluted by toxic flame retardants. These chemicals are linked to known health risks in frogs and are suspected of contributing to the extinction of dozens of species. We must stop polluting our water with flame retardants before they lead to the loss of further biodiversity.

Flame retardants decrease birth rates in frogs and weaken their immune systems. This makes them highly susceptible to the amphibian chytrid fungus, which since its discovery in 1993 has spread to 52 countries and driven some 100 species of frogs to extinction. Fire retardants currently polluting our waterways are expected to linger for several more generations. This means that if their presence in the environment is not immediately addressed, frogs around the world will continue to be lost to extinction.

I ask you to take immediate action in saving America’s frogs. Please look into this issue and create policies for businesses and corporations that will prevent or drastically reduce the amount of fire retardant pollution in the nation’s waterways.


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